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Engineering Live: The Global Explosion of M2M Connections (On Demand)

October 2, 2014 | by ECN Staff | Videos | Comments

New research from Berg Insight states that the global number of mobile network connections used for wireless machine-to-machine (M2M) communication will increase by 21% in 2014 to reach 213.9 million at the year-end. Over the next five years ...

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FTC says AT&T misled customers over unlimited data

October 31, 2014 12:42 pm | by JENNIFER C. KERR, Associated Press | News | Comments

AT&T is being sued by the government over allegations it misled millions of smartphone customers who were promised unlimited data but had their Internet speeds cut by the company - slowing their ability to open web pages or watch streaming video....

Online stores fight Amazon for piece of retail pie

October 31, 2014 12:25 pm | by MAE ANDERSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Amazon.com's low prices and seemingly endless array of goods have made it the biggest online retailer in the U.S., commanding about 20 percent of all e-commerce. The company is projected to have over $89 billion in revenue this year. Its massive success ...

How climate change is affecting NASA

October 31, 2014 11:46 am | by NASA | News | Comments

A new study in the latest issue of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society provides an in-depth look at how NASA facilities have been affected by climate extremes and climate change in recent years and how the agency is preparing for the future.

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Photos of the Day: 29 terrifying creatures that will give you nightmares

October 31, 2014 11:10 am | by Juste Semetaite, Community & Content Manager at CGTrader.com | News | Comments

Some clinicians believe that having nightmares is a sort of therapy, a way to deal with traumatic events and stress. But if you were blessed with a reasonably sweet night's sleep, we suggest you don't scroll down, because these out-of-hell creatures ...

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STEM Student of the week: Ryan James Milcarek

October 31, 2014 10:36 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Meet Ryan James Milcarek, a Research Assistant at the Combustion and Energy Research (COMER) Lab at Syracuse University. (Editor's note: Go Orange!) Ryan caught our attention here at ECN when he was selected to attend a prestigious event at NASA as a 2013 to 2014 NASA Scholar.

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After Fukushima, Japan gets green boom and glut

October 31, 2014 10:15 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Like other Japanese who were banking on this country's sweeping move toward clean energy, Junichi Oba is angry. Oba, a consultant, had hoped to supplement his future retirement income in a guilt-free way and invested $200,000 in a 50 kilowatt ...

Why this engineering program is years ahead of the rest

October 31, 2014 9:52 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

When the subject of women in engineering comes up, it's often a discussion about the negatives like the pay disparity or the total lack of women in certain programs. But today's story is a little bit more hopeful. Binghamton University made a big announcement about their Executive Master of Science in Health Systems, which is based in Manhattan, has had a 50 percent female enrollement since the program started three years ago

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Lord of the microrings

October 30, 2014 4:46 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A significant breakthrough in laser technology has been reported by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California (UC) Berkeley. Scientists led by Xiang Zhang, a physicist with ...

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Plug-in connector series streamlines assembly, installation, and maintenance

October 30, 2014 4:23 pm | Hirose Electric Usa, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Hirose (Simi Valley, CA) has expanded its plug-in connector series to include slim designs for ESS storage batteries, uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), and industrial machinery. The PS3 Series plug-in connector's slim design is achieved by employing ...

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Why solar power is the future

October 30, 2014 4:11 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

One of the main issues with solar and wind power is price. Oftentimes, fossil fuels have a much more attractive price tag and since the infrastructure is mostly already in place, solar and wind is a tough sell. It’s possible to make wind more attractive....

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EU holds largest-ever cyber-security exercise

October 30, 2014 4:06 pm | by DEREK GATOPOULOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union on Thursday carried out its biggest exercise to prevent cyber-attacks on Europe's public utilities and communications networks. The director of the European Network and Information Security Agency, Udo Helmbrecht, told The Associated Press....

Microsoft unveils fitness gadget, health tracking

October 30, 2014 3:59 pm | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft is releasing a $199 fitness band that also checks your email and even pays for coffee as the software company seeks to challenge Apple and others in the still-infant market for wearable devices. The Microsoft Band will work with the company's new ...

Army "smartsuit" would create stronger, faster soldiers

October 30, 2014 3:18 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

DARPA is busy developing a smart undersuit to provide troops with a host of pertinent data and create a literal Army of super-soldiers. Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering is taking the lead on the biologically inspired smartsuit....

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LED power supply includes universal input range of 100 to 277VAC

October 30, 2014 1:57 pm | Calex Mfg | Product Releases | Comments

Green Watt Power, a division of Calex Mfg. Co. Inc. (Concord, CA), announces the low-cost 40 Watt GLC Series. The 40 Watt GLC has a universal input range of 100 to 277VAC and offers output currents of 900, 1100, 1200, 1400, 1800, 2200, and 2400mA....

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New tech aims to improve communication between dogs and humans

October 30, 2014 10:09 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

North Carolina State University researchers have developed a suite of technologies that can be used to enhance communication between dogs and humans, which has applications in everything from search and rescue to service dogs to training our pets....

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